Winner of the 2019 Cultural Jambalaya Diversity Award

Carnation is a realistic fiction series based on the experience of teens whose families have immigrated from the countries of Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Cameron, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Each episode is named a color of a carnation to represent that story’s theme. The first episode is called “Yellow” to symbolize the disappointment 17-year-old Marisol feels when her Mexican father is deported and her family struggles to make ends meet. Episode 2 considers issues of depression, suicide and alienation as 16-year-old Ximena tries to fit in at a soccer game. Called “Purple” to symbolize capriciousness and to convey condolences for unfortunate circumstances, episode 2 was performed and recorded live at the Phipps Center for the Arts as a part of the StoryArk Festival. Episode three explores the difficulties a young gay teen has in coming out to his Catholic family and episode 4 considers the actions one young teen takes as a result of maltreatment and was also recorded live at the StoryArk Festival.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.